Stay The Course

November 22, 2013 | by: Harald Baulis | 0 comments

There are five points I'd like to share from a short passage in the Apostle Paul's letter to the Philippians - Philippians 3: 12-16.

First - Divine Satisfaction

In verse 12 it says Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. He goes on to say in verse 13, Brothers, I do not consider I have made it my own. Paul is alerting us to the danger of thinking that we have "arrived". Humbly acknowledge that any good in you is from Christ Jesus, and remain true to the call He has placed on you to serve Him and His church.

Secondly - Single Minded Devotion

At the end of verse 13 Paul says But one thing I do. Notice it's not these forty things I dabble at, but one thing. Paul has very clear priorities and we should too. We seek to know Jesus more, to feed His sheep, and give ourselves continually to prayer and the ministry of the Word (Acts 6: 4). Be a messenger, not just a manager.

Thirdly - A New Direction

The end of verse 13 is a call to press forward into the new direction that God has called you to: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead. There is no condemnation in Christ (Romans 8: 1), no living in the past. Instead we confidently press forward with the task God has called us to.

Fourthly - A Humble Determination

Being an Elder/Pastor is a marvellous calling, it's not just a job. Paul says in verse 14: I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. We embrace this calling with a humble determination, living by His promises, by the Holy Spirit, according to His Word.

Fifthly - A Mature Discipline

In verse 15 and 16 Paul says: Let those of us who are mature think this way, and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal that also to you. Only let us hold true to what we have attained. We want to work with others without compromising the truths of the Gospel. We care for each other in the Lord, and we labour together - a fellowship of the Gospel.

May this be FECA!

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